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Study: Eating White Rice Daily Ups Diabetes Risk

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(CBS News) – White rice is a dietary staple for more than half the world’s population – not just for people living in China, India, and Japan, but for many Americans as well.

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health shows people who eat lots of white rice may significantly raise their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Harvard researchers analyzed four earlier studies on white rice consumption that involved more than 352,000 people from China, Japan, U.S., and Australia, who did not have diabetes. The researchers found after follow-up periods that ranged from four to 22 years, that almost 13,400 people had type 2 diabetes. People who ate the most rice were more than 1.5 times likely to have diabetes than people who ate the least amount of rice. What’s more, for every 5.5 ounce-serving of white rice – a large bowl – a person ate each day, the risk rose 10 percent.

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